I learned how to do things like write in cursive script, balance a checkbook, and use the Dewey Decimal System in public school in the late 90s and early 2000s. For example, no one born after, say, 1998 is aware of the terror that comes with approaching a spinning circular saw during shop class. I’m also very confident that my fellow countrymen from the Z and Alpha generations have never mastered dinner party etiquette during a home economics lesson. The public school curriculum in the United States has changed throughout the years, but it needs to change more quickly now that we live in the digital age in order to keep everyone safe.

HELP NEEDED: EDUCATORS IN CYBERSECURITY Education about cybersecurity is simply not taught broadly. Educators and school administrators were surveyed in 2020, and more than half said their schools did not offer cybersecurity education (Opens in a new window) . Only roughly a third (37%) of elementary and middle schools included cybersecurity instruction in their curricula, according to the poll by cyber.org, a K–12 cyber education platform supported in part by the US government’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. That is unacceptable, especially given that evidence indicates that many kids are start using online devices before they’re five years old (Opens in a new window) .

Although children may quickly become interested in linked technology, this does not indicate that they are able to use it securely without adult supervision. It’s obvious that it’s time to start teaching fundamental internet security standards in schools and at home given that there was an 85% increase in online attacks (Opens in a new window) involving account login and registration credentials last year.

PAST PARENTAL CONTROL SOFTWARE I’ve covered the advantages and drawbacks of using parental control software to keep kids safe online in earlier SecurityWatch articles. The finest parental control software prevents your children from visiting websites containing adult content. However, parental control software cannot instruct children on how to recognize and prevent common phishing attempts made via chat, emails, or direct messages, or on how to avoid falling for scammers chatting them up on arbitrary Discord servers.

Some parental control software may be able to identify heated online discussions. However, I haven’t encountered any that can reliably spot an online con artist attempting to defraud children of their money, credit card information, or other personal information via an in-game chat feature. It’s up to parents to take control of the situation and teach children about cybersecurity until schools start instructing youngsters on how to live their lives online safely.

CYBERSECURITY EDUCATION TEACHED AT HOME Many parents are unsure of how to start teaching their children how to stay safe online. Fortunately, understanding the fundamentals of online security doesn’t require extensive language knowledge or a degree in computer science. Here are five quick steps to creating a cybersecurity curriculum for the home.

To find resources for cybersecurity, search the web. Although there are numerous e-books and online cybersecurity courses for parents, reading SecurityWatch every week will assist. Cyber.org is a great place to start your educational journey. For parents and teachers who wish to learn more about cybersecurity and teach kids, this website offers a wide variety of free activities and courses.

Your info should remain private. You don’t want your children to reveal private information about their lives online. You should think twice as an adult before revealing too much online. Scammers may steal your identity by using the information you or your children post on social media sites or in chat chats. Set a positive example for children by protecting their personal information online at all times.

Introduce password managers to your children and assist them in setting up their own vaults. Password managers secure your online accounts while eliminating the need to remember very complicated strings of characters. Purchase a Family or Premium password management system and give your children access to their logins. I advise choosing a passwordless login option like LastPass because the child could lock themselves out of the password manager if they forget the master password. Going password-free allows your youngster to access their password vault via a mobile authenticator or biometric techniques like a face or fingerprint scan.

track social platform engagement. Kids frequently utilize social media, streaming, and gaming on the internet. By just keeping an eye on your child’s online behavior, you might be able to identify a potential online scam scenario or other inappropriate conversation. A complete account of your child’s internet behavior throughout the day, including links to YouTube videos they’ve watched, can be sent to you by parental control software like Norton Family. If your kids are young, you might want to keep their computer or other internet device in a common part of the house so they can speak to you face-to-face about any dubious online activity they come across.

Establish safe internet behavior guidelines for your family. When you give your kids their first internet-connected device, be sure to set certain ground rules and have continuous conversations with your kids about them. Here are five ideas for ground rules:

Never keep critical information, such as credit card numbers, in online accounts.
In a password manager, create and save all of your internet login information.
Maintain the antiviral program’s background operation.
Avoid downloading apps from sources other than Apple’s App Store or Google Play.
When clicking links from someone you don’t know, proceed with utmost caution.
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WHAT ELSE HAPPENED THIS WEEK IN THE SECURITY WORLD? T-Mobile consents to a $350 million settlement regarding a data breach in 2021. The funds would be used to compensate past and present T-Mobile customers who experienced monetary losses as a result of the breach, which involves a hacker selling the stolen data online.

Hacking of Ukrainian Radio Stations Leads to Report of Zelensky’s Critical Condition The cyberattack was confirmed by the radio station provider TAVR Media. However, Zelensky has since shared a number of Instagram videos demonstrating his good health.

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